For the forthcoming Peru release of the Paddington 2 film, the British Embassy in Lima and Star Films welcomed the world’s most famous Peruvian bear back to ‘darkest Peru’.
Paddington returned to Peru on 3 January 2018, arriving at Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport a few weeks ahead of the expected release of the film on 1 February.
After presenting his passport to authorities and picking up his suitcase, Paddington was greeted by dozens of Peruvian fans, including children. Not one to shy away from cameras, Paddington indulged fans’ requests for pictures.
The British Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, Colin Gray, welcomed Paddington back to his native land with a jar of orange marmalade:
Paddington was my favourite story when I was a child. His return to Peru is important for the British Embassy and the British community because Paddington is a symbol of the strong relationship that exists between the UK and Peru. On behalf of the British Embassy, I would like to invite you all to go see the film in cinemas across the country.
Also in attendance was Enrique Anderson OBE, President of the Board of Directors of the British Peruvian Cultural Association (BRITÁNICO), and Paola Barrera, General Manager of the British-Peruvian Chamber of Commerce, as well as Peruvian media.
Paddington Bear is a classic of children’s literature created by Michael Bond over half a century ago. He has been a beloved character for generations of children, with over 35 million books sold and translated into 40 languages.